Mitt Romney is a very wealthy man. For some reason, Americans are supposed to believe that he earned every penny by working hard and long like normal people do. Of course we all know that Mitt Romney lived off stock investments while in college and after that, he made millions purchasing and gutting companies across the country. Mitt Romney made a lot of his money by closing down companies and firing people. Republicans think Mitt Romney is a success story because of that. Even House Speaker John Boehner believes that Romney’s wealth and success entitles him to a victory in November, because according to him, Americans won’t vote for someone who isn’t wealthy.
During an appearance on CNN with Candy Crowley, Boehner was asked if Americans will reject Romney because of his wealth and the way he has bragged about it throughout his run for the Presidency. Boehner replied that Americans won’t hold Romney’s wealth against him and will elect him because those who aren’t wealthy successes are ‘losers.’
￼￼￼Candy Crowley: “You know, he comes from a privileged background. You did not come from a privileged background. This is a time — an economic time when people are hurting and have been hurting for quite some time. ￼￼￼Do you think that someone who is as wealthy as he is, who has had as much privilege as he is, has a hill to climb to overcome that?”
John Boehner: “No. The American people don’t want to vote for a loser. They don’t want to vote for someone that hasn’t been successful. I think Mitt Romney has an opportunity to show the American people that they, too, can succeed.”
Here’s the video via ThinkProgress:
See what Boehner did there? He singlehandedly insulted every American who doesn’t have a mountain of wealth in their bank account. Republicans consider those of great wealth to be successful and they consider those who aren’t successful (wealthy) to be ‘losers.’ It underscores exactly why Romney hasn’t been popular among average voters. Instead, Romney is seen as a rich vulture capitalist who doesn’t care about poor people, likes firing people, and constantly brags about his wealth while struggling to relate to Americans who are having a difficult time in the current economy. Romney “jokes” about being unemployed too and claims he knows what it’s like to worry about getting a pink slip. This comes from a man who had a Swiss bank account and currently has an account in the Cayman Islands.
Mitt Romney doesn’t understand the struggles Americans go through right now. He claims he can create jobs in America, but if he had been President in 2008, the American auto industry would have been allowed to fail, resulted in millions of lost jobs. Romney’s time at Bain Capital also resulted in many Americans losing their jobs. Is that how Romney wants Americans to become successful, by screwing over other Americans? And then there’s the Republican economic agenda that caused the economy to crash in the first place. Considering all this, it’s a miracle that any Americans ever become successful at all. Basically, Republicans have caused Americans to struggle financially and now these same Republicans think of struggling Americans as ‘losers.’ Doesn’t that just make you want to vote for them?